It’s one of Lent’s traditions. To give up something. To fast from something. Whether it be from technology, a particular food or drink. We can deprive ourselves of some small pleasure or indulgence and offer that sacrifice up to God. Alternatively we might “give up” a bad habit as a demonstration of moving closer to God.
Whatever we’ve decided to do without, space is created. Maybe just a sliver, a margin, but space all the same. As we reach for that coffee cup and remember we’re going without, there’s a moment, a breath, an opportunity to centre our hearts on God. Space in a busy day to engage with Jesus.
It’s our opportunity to prepare our hearts for Easter and the revelation of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us. It’s an invitation to make space for Jesus to come into our lives even more.